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Abhilash Tomy: Rescue mission to reach injured Indian sailor

24 September, 2018, 20:00 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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The Indian Navy on Monday announced that Golden Globe Race Commander Abhilash Tomy has been rescued by French Fishing vessel Osiris after being traced by an Indian Navy Reconnaissance aircraft.

Abhilash Tomy was rescued by a French fishing vessel on Monday approximately 3,300km from Perth in Australia.

Abhilash Tomy, a 39-year-old Indian naval commander, was competing in a round-the-world Golden Globe Race when his boat was hit by a major storm 82 days into the race.

Before the Indian Navy commander was found, search and rescue officer Phil Gaden said Mr Tomy had a severely injured back.

Continuous watch over the boat is being maintained by Indian Navy and RAAF aircraft till rescue is completed.

The vessel was located by an Indian Navy aircraft on Sunday.

HMAS Ballarat left Perth on Saturday night, joining the Adelaide-based P-8A Poseidon, which was deployed to France's Réunion island to help with the search, the Australian Defence Force said.

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is running the rescue operation, taking to Twitter to thank those involved in the efforts. "Vomiting continuously. Chest burning".

A subsequent message read: "CAN MOVE TOES".

Participants must use yachts similar to the one sailed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston during his round-the-world -adventure in 1968-1969, when he -became the first person to perform a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.

Mr McGuckin was going to abandon his own boat and jump or swim across to provide him with "immediate medical assistance", race organiser Barry Pickthall said.

The only contact with the outside world was through sporadic text messages through satellite and a Global Positioning System transmitter which gave his location to a race control room in France. "The sailor, an officer in the Indian Navy is understood to have suffered a serious back injury when his ten metre vessel, "Thuriya" was de-masted in extreme weather", the Australian Navy tweeted. Most of the 11 competitors, who are still in the race, were further north and thus avoided the worst of the storm, organisers said.

Gregor McGuckin, from Dublin, set sail from Les Sables d'Olonne on 1 July, however he contacted race organisers saying that he got "rolled" in the Indian Ocean and could not continue in the race.

Started in 1966, the competition involves circumnavigating the globe without any modern technology except satellite communications.

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